Alamo Navajo boys rally past Diné Warriors

Alamo Navajo boys rally past Diné Warriors

ALBUQUERQUE

 

Red Valley/Cove’s Mitchell Howe (23) completes a no look pass against the Tsé Yi’ Gai Dine Warriors during the 4th annual Striking Eagle Basketball Invitational at the Johnson Center gymnasium in Albuquerque. (Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie)

Red Valley/Cove’s Mitchell Howe (23) completes a no look pass against the Tsé Yi’ Gai Dine Warriors during the 4th annual Striking Eagle Basketball Invitational at the Johnson Center gymnasium in Albuquerque. (Times photo – Ravonelle Yazzie)

The Alamo Navajo Cougars took advantage of a seismic shift in the third place game of the small schools boys bracket at the 4th annual Striking Eagle Basketball Invitational.

The complexion of the game took on a different course when both teams were assessed a double technical.

According to Alamo Navajo head coach Marcus Pino Sr., one of his player and a Tsé Yi’ Gai player were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the match.

“They both had to sit down,” Pino said, while adding they took control of the game thereafter by erasing a five-point halftime deficit and turning it into an 81-56 win.

With Tsé Yi’ Gai’s best ball handler on the bench the turnovers started to pile up as Alamo Navajo outscored the Diné Warriors 51 to 21 in the second half.

“We started pressing them and that was how we got a big lead in the third quarter,” Pino said.

All-tournament selection Marcus Pino Jr. was a force in that second half as the Alamo Navajo sophomore guard poured in 18 of his game-best 30 points.

He also got help from senior Anthony Guerro as he finished the game with 23 points while Ben Guerro Jr., added 13 and Jose Secatero pitched in 10.

For Tsé Yi’ Gai, they had four players in double figures with junior Jaren Castillo leading the way with 15 points. Senior Demar Whitehorse finished with 14 while freshman Jacob Trujillo and sophomore Tyrell Johnson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Tsé Yi’ Gai head coach Vinton Werito said they lost their footing in the second half but he felt the difference came down to missed free throws.

About The Author

Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com

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